First Communion & First Penance
“Christ’s call to conversion continues to resound in the lives of Christians. This second conversion is an uninterrupted taks for the whole Church who, ‘clasping sinner to her bosom, [is] at once holy and always in need of purification, and follows constantly the path of penance and renewal.’ This endeavor of conversion is not just a human work. It is a movement of a contrite hear, drawn and moved by grace to respond to the merciful love of God who loved us first.” (CCC 1428)
“Daily conversion and penance find their source and nourishment in the Eucharist, for in it is made present the sacrifice of Christ which has reconciled us with God. Through the Eucharist those who live from the life of Christ are fed and strengthened. ‘it is a remedy to free us from our daily faults and to preserve us from mortal sins.” (CCC 1436)
“According to the Church’s command, “after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year.” Anyone who is aware of having committed a mortal sin must not receive Holy Communion, even if he experiences deep contrition, without having first received sacramental absolution, unless he has a grave reason for receiving Communion and there is no possibility of going to confession. Children must go to the sacrament of Penance before receiving Holy Communion for the first time.” (CCC 1457)
“It is the responsibility, in the first place, of parents and those who take the place of parents as well as of the pastor to see that children who have reached the use of reason are correctly prepared and are nourished by the divine food as early as possible, preceded by sacramental confession; it is also for the pastor to be vigilant lest any children come to the Holy Banquet who have not reached the use of reason or whom he judges are not sufficiently disposed.” (Code of Canon Law, 914)
Dates for 2022 First Confession for 2nd graders will be posted in the fall.
First Holy Communion
May 7, 2022 at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM